Clinton’s event, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at the Fairgrounds Expo Center, is her first campaign stop in North Carolina since becoming her party’s presumptive nominee. Her campaign says she will “discuss her vision for an America that is stronger together and her commitment to build an economy that works for everyone.”The state's two biggest Democratic down-ballot candidates, Roy Cooper (governor) and Deborah Ross (U.S. Senate), will not be in attendance, the N&O reports.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Leslie Cooley, who prosecuted the case, said the Janssen family was relieved by the conviction but didn't want to speak publicly about the kidnapping or the trial.Melton faces a life sentence for the crimes.
Former Wake County District Attorney Ned Mangum, who took office a few days before the kidnapping, called it "the most unbelievable investigation" with which he's ever been involved.
"(There was) very little sleep on the part of a lot of people, and we were really, really fortunate and lucky for this to have what I think is a happy ending," Mangum said.
...Melton said he would never get involved in a "stupid" caper like the kidnapping, contending someone else had set him up to take the fall for the crime so they could move up in the hierarchy of the Bloods street gang.
His defense attorneys argued that all of the co-defendants lied about Melton's involvement to secure reduced sentences for themselves under plea agreements with the government.
The City Council scheduled a public hearing on the request for 2 p.m. Tuesday and was poised to vote. But council members extended the hearing until July 5 after learning that the city mailed notices with the wrong hearing time to some neighbors.Raleigh's Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the rezoning back in May.
...“A Preferred Women’s Health Center is disappointed with the lack of accountability we’ve seen regarding the rezoning situation,” said spokeswoman Calla Hales. “Our organization has been given several conflicting answers regarding incorrect information being provided to us.”
...It’s unclear why some notices had inaccurate information. Councilman Russ Stephenson speculated that the hearing was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. at a meeting in early June but was pushed back due to a full agenda.
Nationally and in North Carolina, the FBI has seen a significant increase in sextortion activity against children who use the Internet, typically ages 10-17, but any age child can become a victim. The FBI has identified an alarming number of children are communicating with individuals online who seek to sexually exploit them. With school dismissed for the summer, children will have extra time to access their electronic devices. With an Internet connection or a smartphone, even the youngest children are susceptible to this type of criminal exploitation.More on that can be found here.